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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Coursers and Pratincoles

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Glareolidae

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The family of Coursers and Pratincoles is common in the Old World. They are 15 cm to 25 cm long. The Corusers have long legs, short wide wings and a longer beak, while the Pratincoles have long pointed wings, a forked tail, medium-long legs and a short beak. Coursers are ground birds and good runners, Pratincoles are good fliers whose flight style is reminiscent of swallows. The nest is dug out on the ground; both parents breed and take care of the precocial chicks.

Cursorius

     cursor - Cream-colored Courser (8)
     somalensis - Somali Courser (2)
     rufus - Burchell's Courser (3)
     temminckii - Temminck's Courser (3)
     coromandelicus - Indian Courser (1)

Smutsornis

     africanus - Double-banded Courser (2)

Rhinoptilus

     cinctus - Three-banded Courser (3)
     chalcopterus - Bronze-winged Courser (3)
     bitorquatus - Jerdon's Courser (3)

Stiltia

     isabella - Australian Pratincole (4)

Glareola

     pratincola - Collared Pratincole (11)
     maldivarum - Oriental Pratincole (2)
     nordmanni - Black-winged Pratincole (4)
     ocularis - Madagascar Pratincole (2)
     nuchalis - Rock Pratincole (1)
     cinerea - Grey Pratincole (1)
     lactea - Small Pratincole (2)

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